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Stuffing - reconnaissance and sabotage technique of information war

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Stuffing - reconnaissance and sabotage technique of information war

It should be recognized that we are all involved in an undeclared war on the Internet. Whether we like it or not, while perceiving and transmitting information, we are soldiers of one of the opposing sides. And the soldier should know weapon... Both your own and your opponent's. And if the performance characteristics of real "pieces of iron" are quite specific and described, then the characteristics and properties of information warfare techniques are very vague and often act in a completely unpredictable way.


How to resist the stuffing and be able to avoid or even prevent their consequences?

First you need to decide what it is and what it is for. Information stuffing is a method of disseminating information, which is expressed in the sharp filling of the maximum number of sources with information that has a bright emotional color and serves to create a resonance in society. And even if the stuffing has a specific target, the entire society is exposed to the impact (and consequences).

According to their properties, stuffing can be divided into professional and non-professional, differing in the forces and means attracted to them. Unprofessional stuffing often takes the form of an exaggerated meaning of an event, which makes it less objective for most of those at whom it is aimed. Professional, on the other hand, is the result of serious work of analysts, financiers, marketers, PR specialists and other specialists, and it has the greatest impact on the audience.

Sometimes the purpose of such stuffing for the organizers is precisely to split the audience. They look at which side will ultimately prevail in the discussions, not giving a damn about the audience itself or what will happen to it in the end.

So seeing news, which appeared in a short time on most resources, evokes the excitement of all feelings (from pity to hatred) and has a well-formulated text, you should know: most likely, you fell under this same stuffing.

And the further course of events depends on you as well. Will you say “Hear, Vasya, count what they are saying ...” (“Dear colleagues, I learned this here ...”), will you start looking for more detailed information about the event (getting to cross-references from one source) to try to figure it out, what is the point, or you begin to refute the news (express a negative attitude towards it) - the result is the same: you are hooked.

Perhaps just by ignoring the stuffing, you will avoid the consequences. But that is if you are not his target. And if the target is you (not personally and as a group of people, class, etc.), then the consequences of ignoring will be the most deplorable.

A simple example. Recent hysteria over "flat earth". Literally from every iron we were given evidence that our planet could not be a ball!
It would seem - well, nonsense. What is the bottom line?

A lot of serious experts were forced to prove that the earth is still round, spending time and money on this. The other half finally lost confidence in science, going further and further into obscurantism and becoming convinced of conspiracy theories. And the organizers put a tick in their notebook and made the appropriate conclusions.

To counteract professional stuffing requires resources that often exceed the resources of the organizers thereof. Therefore, the most important factor in the weakening of such techniques is their recognition at the very initial stage.

There is a direct analogy with OV: he recognized a substance, took an antidote. But there are no absolute antidotes against stuffing. And it all depends on ourselves. Forewarned is forearmed.

Be able to recognize the stuffing and see for whose purposes it was performed. Do not be a relay of "hot" information - wait for an official response from the other party. Do not rush to prove to everyone around you that you understand the issue at the level of an expert or higher, without even having the slightest idea. Here are ways to avoid falling prey to informational stuff.
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  1. Avior
    Avior April 15 2021 18: 13
    +13
    Good article.
    That is, for several days in a row I have seen a continuous series of articles on Ukrainian topics on the most contrived topics, but the respected author explained everything, thanks to him :))))
    1. Terenin
      Terenin April 15 2021 19: 29
      +10
      Sometimes the purpose of such stuffing for the organizers is precisely split the audience. They look at which side will ultimately prevail in the discussions, not giving a damn about the audience itself or what will happen to it in the end.

      Yes. An example of this is the throwing of "Echo of Moscow" by the shaggy beast Vedeneev, proposals to vote for the monuments on the Lubyanka to F. Dzerzhinsky or A. Nevsky.
      1. Avior
        Avior April 15 2021 20: 03
        +5
        the author has identified the subject of information stuffing.
        Information stuffing is a method of disseminating information

        something I did not see the information in the proposal.
        shl
        shaggy beast Vedeneev

        Venediktov?
        1. Terenin
          Terenin April 15 2021 20: 41
          +4
          Quote: Avior
          shl
          shaggy beast Vedeneev

          Venediktov?

          Yes, my carelessness hi exactly to them. But, according to the "shaggy" one understood correctly ...
          Here you are
          Voting on the choice of the monument on Lubyanka Square will begin on February 25, the short-list includes the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky and Alexander Nevsky.
          This was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the Public Chamber of Moscow, the head of the Commission for the Development of Civil Society and Public Control Alexey Venediktov RIA News.
  2. Vladimir Mashkov
    Vladimir Mashkov April 15 2021 18: 24
    +4
    Yes, the article is good. Concise and precise. And with an illustration of a stuffing-in from Avior. lol
    1. Avior
      Avior April 15 2021 18: 38
      +7
      You read the article badly
      Information stuffing is a method of disseminating information, expressed in a sharp filling of the maximum number of sources with information
      1. Vladimir Mashkov
        Vladimir Mashkov April 15 2021 18: 55
        -2
        Quote: Avior
        You read the article badly

        This is your personal subjective opinion. Information on a current topic is NOT stuffing... Stuffing is falsebut plausible information. smile
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        2. Avior
          Avior April 15 2021 19: 03
          +2
          mister minuser, no need to compose for the author of the article, I brought the definition from the article
          1. Vladimir Mashkov
            Vladimir Mashkov April 15 2021 19: 16
            -2
            Well, not only I put a minus. Did you give me a plus? Who then minus me?
            1. Avior
              Avior April 15 2021 19: 37
              +4
              Why are you asking me this? It was you who burst in here to minus from the doorway.
              Pikabushnik wakes up and says to his wife
              M: I'll go to the pick-up, put cons to everyone in a row
              W: what if they give you something?
              M: And what was it for me ??


              smile
    2. Black lotos
      Black lotos April 16 2021 11: 41
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir Mashkov
      And with an illustration of a stuffing from Avior

      so who filled the entire infoset with Ukraine then ...
      and write it down.
      I thought why there are no authors under the topics ..
  3. Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart April 15 2021 18: 37
    +4
    I was already expecting examples in the style of "palace" or "poisoning", as if casually mentioned) it's good that we did without them)
    However, in this regard, I have a question for the author - what do you mean by "information stuffing"? Give more meaty examples than this semi-joke about a flat earth. Because otherwise the feeling is created that all our media, in principle, are only engaged in such stuffing.
    1. Dmt
      April 16 2021 17: 06
      +3
      Quote: Knell Wardenheart
      Give more meaty examples

      Unfortunately, then the whole article will be perceived through the prism of my or someone else's opinion regarding such examples. And the purpose of the article is different - to show how to recognize and what to do. In the simplest language.
      1. japs
        japs April 16 2021 19: 19
        0
        Your article is good. You subtly noticed the difference in the presentation of information and the method itself
        its filing. In general, everything corresponds to the textbook of Mr. Volkogonov.
        Special propaganda in its purest form. My experience with it is small, only a couple of years. But taught to recognize NLP well.
        In this regard, pendejos are not very good. They sculpt roughly and head-on. Shallow razors are good.
        Ours are just learning. And not always successful. Example, children's teasers ...
        Another example is the response of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry to pendejos. Makei gave a couple of years to this very special propaganda, when he served in Wünsdorf in the 7th department of the PU. The hand is full.
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    3. Dmt
      April 20 2021 14: 12
      0
      Quote: Knell Wardenheart
      Give more meaty examples

      The next article will be a very "meaty example" laughing
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    1. Clear
      Clear April 15 2021 19: 37
      +1
      Quote: kgf
      Fundamentally, everything that comes from the Putin regime is a lie. Foreign Ministry, Lavrov and other Putin
      only lies, lies. I have absolutely not watched Russian television for the entire 21st century.
      In the West, there are all sorts of different things, but there is no such total lie as from Russia.

      As always lol kgf (grigory) - I heard a ringing, but does not know where he is.
  5. Gato
    Gato April 15 2021 19: 27
    +3
    This article can be viewed as stuffing?
    1. Clear
      Clear April 15 2021 19: 39
      +3
      Quote: Gato
      This article can be viewed as stuffing?


      Well, here's the answer winked
      Do not be a relay of "hot" information - wait for an official response from the other party.
      Do not rush to prove to everyone around you that you understand the issue at the level of an expert or higher, without even having the slightest idea.
  6. beeper
    beeper April 15 2021 20: 44
    +3
    The topic of the Article is very topical (even, I'm not afraid of this word, very topical!) And (as our "ever-living" classic MLF would say) extremely interesting! wink
    Thanks to the Author and VO for this! good A good, sensible and simple language was the Soviet KGB textbook on the methodology of "information stuffing", propaganda and counter-propaganda! good
    Although, the information collected in it could well be gleaned from open sources, even from newspapers and all kinds of fiction, psychology and psychiatry textbooks, biographies of prominent revolutionaries, the history of political and criminal organizations, ... and just the experience of working with people and their teams.
    But it's like "washing milligrams of gold from tens of tons of waste rock" ...
    And now you read such a "digest" textbook, where "everything is laid out on the shelves" and immediately the thought - "it's a pity that this book did not come across earlier, how much time would be saved and saved from mistakes and losses, because it took years to get to everything with your mind and stuffing bumps on your head, because, without initial knowledge of theory, one's own practical experience is obtained "through a stump-deck (this is, not to say" coarser and deeper "!)" ...! " yes
    In the "pre-Internet era" with "information stuffing", nevertheless, it was more difficult with "channels and the speed of spreading rumors", especially if a sufficiently "wide reach of the target audience" was required ... and, at the same time, "simpler" with "certificates of authenticity" - they were easier to falsify and "chain layers" .... winked
    The very same "tsimus" is when, launched, through "talkers", who a priori do not know how to keep secrets, a fake "information stuffing", already "walked among the people", after a week or two you were told "in secret" completely different, quite serious , people serving as trustworthy information!
    In general, with everyday "information stuffing" - rumors, slander and slander many times faced, collides and will face each and this petty household Evil for many people has greatly "shortened the life century (even the very same" distributors "-" intriguers ")", alas ! request
    At this point, I sensibly stop my own, "inspired" by the Author, "essay" on the super interesting topic of "information war", its tools and many of its nuances.

    The only thing I want to draw your attention to is that, even being ideologically weakened and defending in the "information war", the defense must still be active, with attacking attacks, DOESN'T give rest to the aggressor, keeping him in tension and doubts about his own success, DOING NOT allow the enemy to completely seize the initiative in determining the time and place of application next hit!
    The passive position of "three monkeys (I don't hear anything, I don't see anything, I don't say anything)" is obviously a losing one in any "information wars", both in household and international ones, although their prices are different !!!

    And also "info wars" are like
    "if you gaze into the abyss for a long time, then the abyss will peer into you!"

    IMHO
  7. aybolyt678
    aybolyt678 April 15 2021 22: 28
    +2
    not disclosed The purpose of the stuffing. And the goal may be to study public opinion, its formation, undermining trust in the media, the formation of wrong, harmful ideological and psychological attitudes among the average man in the street (the majority of the population). A society deprived of points of support in relation to its own power and the media has an unstable state of deep layers of consciousness, therefore it is easy to push it in any supposedly "correct" direction. Once we overthrew the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and shot the White House, which was presented as a victory for Democracy ... it seemed right. Today, it is obvious that any information is beneficial to someone, these beneficiaries are known, the "gray" masses are not interesting to anyone, the formed belief in "Streams" which will give Russia mythical benefits oppresses ...
  8. nikvic46
    nikvic46 April 16 2021 06: 55
    +1
    Critical thinking is a strong armor against all sorts of stuffing. Each person has an authoritative source. If you take everything said as dogma, then there are chances to fall into the clutches of the enemy. Of course, emotions often get in our way.
    1. populist
      populist April 16 2021 08: 55
      +2
      Quote: nikvic46
      Critical thinking is a strong armor against all kinds of stuffing.

      Yes it is. hi
      Unfortunately, not all people have critical thinking. According to sociology, 35-40% of the population are conformists. They join the prevailing opinion or the opinion that seems to them to be dominant.
  9. Maks1995
    Maks1995 April 16 2021 09: 38
    +1
    Yes, now another hysteria in Ukraine ...
    Someone regularly makes stuffing - then the fat is over, then they will attack on March 15, then ...

    How much dough is thrown into hatred ...
  10. Black lotos
    Black lotos April 16 2021 11: 52
    +1
    there is a direct analogy with OV: he recognized a substance, took an antidote. But there are no absolute antidotes against stuffing. And it all depends on ourselves. Forewarned is forearmed.

    It is difficult to resist emotional stuffing even for adult self-sufficient men.
    And other categories are generally impossible.
    In addition, experienced specialists will not find an antidote in the form of alternative information. And he must be found. But there will be a sea of ​​additional portions of poison. In the end, even if the source of the antidote is found, the entire audience will be infected. And only a few will have an antidote.
    The goal is fulfilled. The audience is defeated, a couple of votes won't solve anything.
    I am already silent about preventive preparation about the fact that the antidote is harmful and dangerous and will itself be declared a poison.
    In general, there are several factors here. Primates are emotional creatures. They have a mechanism for perceiving the world. emotions. They muffle everything .. the brain, memory, etc. .. leaving only an emotional outburst.
    We live by emotions. Our life is a search for emotions.
    So that all and always abuse is emotional stuffing.
    And from them there is no sure antidote.
    As an example of any prohibitive measures in society - the suffering of children and that's it, any prohibition will be accepted. A few voices with an antidote will not be enough.
    Immediately I remember about weapons in American schools. They brought the free gun zones to the zone of free shooting of the unarmed. Good desires .. And used for further prohibitions.
    And in war there are so many emotional throw-ins that the audience simply begins not to even doubt the flow of information. If it is formed, it will support itself and destroy the flow of conflicting information, even if it is true. Just out of alignment with the flow.
  11. DMi
    DMi April 16 2021 12: 14
    +1
    The publication of any information aims to influence those who read / heard it. Investigator ANY information stuffing. Even the publication of traffic rules.
    I think the term "information growth" itself is "information stuffing"))) to undermine trust in any information and bring up total cynicism and suspicion)
  12. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 April 16 2021 13: 39
    +2
    Lord ...
    In short, what we fought for, we ran into it. On a grand scale. On rusty fittings. From ass to crown. What a shame ...
    Back in the USSR, they realized the importance of propaganda. But the problem was that after Stalin, state idiocy began to be purposefully cultivated in the country. There are many reasons for this, we will dwell only on this phenomenon. The rule of bosses with a low level of intelligence (often lowered to the very baseboard) led to the fact that propaganda began to be understood as nonsense. They say it is necessary to the people to lie correctly, to breach in the right direction, and everything will be fine! Ugh...
    In response, the people developed immunity to all words and deeds of the authorities in general, which led, among other reasons, to the collapse of the USSR. And what about today? And now it has become much worse. The problem is that it is very easy to resist these very stuffing. It costs almost nothing. You just need to teach people the beginnings of critical thinking. It's not hard. And this very "information war" will simply evaporate, will cease to concern our population) Yes, only now ...
    All rotten nonsense, all this vile manipulation with the help of which our authorities rule, it will all break off too! But no one really knows how to rule here ... Cho to do that ?! What a horror ...
  13. arhitroll
    arhitroll April 17 2021 11: 26
    +1
    Tell me, is the Rosstat data that there are fewer poor people - is it just stuffing or is it true?
    1. Olddetractor
      Olddetractor April 17 2021 16: 37
      +2
      Stuffing with the use of Rosstat data, an example of the art of lying reliably and moderately. Nobody will check this statement, it is difficult, and I don’t want to. The goal is not known to us, but most likely it has been achieved
    2. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 April 18 2021 11: 20
      0
      Telephone fraudsters (mainly from Ukraine. Our "law enforcement" bodies keep them in the green corridor. Apparently, so as not to travel far beyond the share) complain. Their income is falling. And not because people have grown wiser, everything here is just for scammers, but simply because people's cards are empty. Hacked another sucker - and his map is empty. Or debts in general.
      So Rosstat says everything is right! The poor are fewer and fewer! There are more and more beggars ...